Vanessa Sielert


Member, NASM Committee on Ethics
Elected November 2019, term ends September 2022

Vanessa Sielert is the Director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM) at the University of Idaho. Prior to her role as Director, she served as Professor of Saxophone in the LHSOM. She also serves as the Educational Advisor for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, one of the oldest educational jazz festivals in the world. During her tenure as Director of the LHSOM, the school has become a GRAMMY Museum University Affiliate. She founded the Athena Women’s Mentorship Program, a university-wide initiative to support the professional development of female faculty and staff of the University of Idaho and serves as its Co-President for the 2019–2020 academic year. Professor Sielert previously served on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Professor Sielert has performed with a wide variety of ensembles including the Palouse Jazz Project, the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Spokane Symphony, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. An advocate of new music, she is active in commissioning works for the saxophone and will release her duo recording, duality, comprised of some of her favorite commissioned works, in early 2020.

Professor Sielert holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance degree from Baylor University, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Performance degrees from the University of Idaho.

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Posted December 2019